OSU men's basketball: Beavers tune up for regular season with exhibition win

2012-11-04T23:00:00Z 2012-11-04T23:02:47Z OSU men's basketball: Beavers tune up for regular season with exhibition winBy KEVIN HAMPTON, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
November 04, 2012 11:00 pm  • 

All in all, the first report card was pretty good.

The Oregon State men’s basketball team got its first grades of the season from coach Craig Robinson after an 83-58 exhibition win over Lewis & Clark on Sunday evening at Gill Coliseum.

Of course, Robinson reserves the right to change a grade or two after looking at the game video. The Beavers start the season for real on Friday, so he will be on the lookout during film sessions for any tweaks needed between now and then.

Robinson was pleased with OSU’s free-throw shooting (17-21) and turnovers (8 total, four in each half).

He was able to get good minutes for all four freshmen.

It was the first game for Olaf Schaftenaar, Victor Robbins, Langston Morris-Walker and Jarmal Reid. All but Schaftenaar saw action in the first half.

Robinson said they worked through the usual nervousness and played well when they settled down.

Schaftenaar had nine points in nine minutes. Robbins had four in eight, Morris-Walker played 10 minutes and grabbed two rebounds and Reid had six points, a block and a steal in 16 minutes.

“Certainly, if they defend like they did today, they’ll be able to get in games,” Robinson said. “We don’t need our freshmen to be able to help us a lot on offense, we just need them to be able to give our guys a blow and to not give up a lot of points.”

He didn’t need to go to the video to sort out one problem area: Rebounding.

The Pioneers outrebounded the Beavers 41-36 and had 18 offensive boards. It’s been an area in need of improvement in the past.

Eric Moreland led all players with nine but too many bounced long and to Lewis & Clark players.

“I thought we let them get too many of the long offensive rebounds early in the game but I thought after halftime and we made the adjustment, I thought we did a better job of taking care of that.”

The Beavers pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Pioneers, 44-30.

Ahmad Starks hit three of his four 3-pointers and Schaftenaar came off the bench to drop in two 3s for the Beavers.

Starks led OSU with 14 points and Roberto Nelson added 10.

Robinson used Collier as the Beavers’ sixth man and Collier responded by bringing a boost of energy to the floor. He had 12 points.

“Last year we liked having Roberto being the guy who was the sixth man and now that Roberto’s in the starting lineup, we were trying to figure out who could be a good instant offense guy coming in off the bench and playing starter’s minutes but just not coming out at the beginning of the game,” Robinson said. “Devon was playing that role in practice and we’ll see how it goes in the first couple of games.”

Oregon State 83, Lewis & Clark 58

LEWIS & CLARK (58): Bradley Carger 2-7 2-2 6, Justin Leathers 1-6 2-2 4, Scott Pisapia 0-1 0-1 0, Ross Erickson 7-18 1-1 15, Quentin Sims 2-7 0-0 6, Serg Ovchinnikov 2-8 0-0 5, Kurt Parker 1-4 0-2 2, Ben Neves 0-2 0-0 0, Jason Luhnow 3-4 0-0 9, Connor Freeberg 4-6 3-4 11. Totals 22-63 8-12 58.

OREGON STATE (83): Joe Burton 3-6 0-0 6, Eric Moreland 3-4 0-0 6, Angus Brandt 0-6 6-8 6, Ahmad Starks 5-9 0-0 14, Robert Nelson 3-9 4-4 10, Victor Robbins 2-5 0-0 4, Michael Moyer 1-1 0-0 2, Challe Barton 2-3 0-1 4, Daniel Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Langston Morris-Walker 0-1 0-0 2, C.J. Mitchell 2-2 0-0 4, Olaf Schaftenaar 2-6 3-4 9, Jullian Powers 0-0 0-0 0, Jarmal Reid 2-4 2-2 6, Devon Collier 5-5 2-2 12. Totals 30-61 17-21 83.

Halftime: OSU 39, L&C 28. 3-Point Goals: L&C 6-24 (Leather 0-2, Pisapia 0-1, Erickson 0-4, Sims 2-6, Ovchinnikov 1-4, Parker 0-1, Neves 0-1, Luhnow 3-4, Freeberg 0-1), OSU 6-18 (Burton 0-1, Brandt 0-1, Starks 4-5, Nelson 0-3, Robbins 0-1, Barton 0-1, Morris-Walker 0-1, Schaftenaar 2-5). Rebounds: L&C 41 (Erickson 7), OSU 36 (Moreland 9). Assists: L&C 7 (Neves 3), OSU 12 (Starks 4). Total fouls: L&C 18, OSU 16. Fouled out: None. Technicals: None. A: 2,037.

Kevin Hampton is sports reporter for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at 541-758-9519 or kevin.hampton@lee.net.

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